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Practical Legal Training vacancy

Applications close 5pm on Wednesday 13 November 2019

“…ICLC has been an excellent introduction to the real world. I have had other legal work in similar areas, and have completed other internships, but none have replicated ICLC’s inclusive workplace, and diversity of clients and work.” PLT student, 2018

The Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) is looking for students to complete their practical legal training placement with us. This is a great opportunity for students to experience legal practice and consider professional responsibilities in a community setting, at a community legal centre. If you do your PLT with us, we aim to prepare you for the commencement of your legal career.
The position is voluntary and unpaid.
The PLT Program duties include performing client intake, taking instructions, assisting in giving legal advice, casework, assistance with court attendance, legal drafting and following up client matters. You will be doing real work.

The Program is only offered to suitable applicants subject to an application process, an interview and availability, and preference is given to applicants committing to a 60+ day placement with progression of 3 days per week, usually including one evening per week.

PLT Students are indemnified as volunteer workers under the ICLC Professional Indemnity Insurance policy. Students are responsible for ensuring they comply with all conditions and requirements of their PLT provider in progressing towards admission.
PLT students perform work under supervision, and the PLT Placement overall is supervised by the Principal Solicitor.

Selection criteria:
Prerequisite –
Completion or near-completion of a law degree and eligibility to commence the practical experience components of Practical Legal Training.It is also possible to complete part of a PLT placement before graduation – you need to check with your proposed provider to see how many days you could complete.

Essential criteria –

  1. Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to social justice.
  2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds and in diverse circumstances, in particular clients experiencing significant stress who may present with challenging behaviours (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, clients with disabilities, clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, clients with complex issues, clients who identify as LGBTIQ, etc).
  4. Understanding of legal professional practice issues, including duties to maintain confidentiality and to avoid conflicts of interest.
  5. Ability to work independently and as part of a small team.
  6. Demonstrated interest in legal issues affecting communities served by ICLC.

Desirable criteria –

  1. Prior experience volunteering with the ICLC or another community legal centre or law-related NGO.
  2. Demonstrated experience in administration or customer service.
  3. Intention to commence the coursework component of PLT by or soon after the commencement date of any PLT placement.

The application

Applicants must address the above selection criteria in 2-3 pages and include a copy of their current resume, including the names of two independent referees.

Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be assessed.

This round of applications close 5pm on Wednesday 13 November 2019. Please email to hilary@iclc.org.au.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at a mutually convenient time, and interviews by telephone or Skype can be arranged. The ICLC is open to receiving applications from suitable candidates well in advance of an anticipated start date and we are also open to receiving applications using the format outlined above, at any time of the year.

ICLC’s human resources policies, procedures and practices support anti-discrimination principles and encourage people living with a disability, people who identify as Aboriginal, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people identifying as LGBTIQ to apply. Please contact ICLC if you require adjustment in answering the criteria (9332 1966).

As part of your application, please let us know if there is anything that we should know about you that may cause an issue to arise under the Legal Profession Uniform Law. As an example see section 121.

“It is not an overstatement to say my time at ICLC was life changing. I can genuinely say I am now a better person as a result of my experience.” PLT student 2015